Review

Air­ways Ho­tel, Port Moresby

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LO­CA­TION

On Jackson Pa­rade, two min­utes by car from Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

THE PLACE

The Air­ways Ho­tel has been vis­ited by 23 prime min­is­ters, roy­alty and busi­ness lead­ers. Re­fined decor, at­ten­tive ser­vice, four restau­rants, and the Bliss day spa, with Thai styling, make it an oa­sis where you want to be. Air­ways is pos­si­bly one of the best air­port ho­tels any­where in the Asia– Pa­cific re­gion. Although it opened al­most three decades ago, it is fresh and con­tem­po­rary thanks to mul­ti­ple re­ju­ve­na­tions and new ad­di­tions. There are 40 gar­den­ers who look after the botanic-like gar­dens that have more than 240 species of trop­i­cal plants, as well as a quirky DC3 aircraft that cre­ates an out­door cen­tre­piece. The ex­pan­sive grounds, with run­ning track, are well se­cured. There’s a fit­ness cen­tre with squash courts, steam rooms, a flood­lit ten­nis court and a 20-me­tre in­fin­ity lap pool. There’s also a pool with sun lounges and food and drink ser­vice. Many of the recre­ational ar­eas, restau­rants and rooms have views to­wards the air­port and the Owen Stan­ley Ranges. There are flour­ishes of PNG art and craft around the ho­tel, which also has an art and craft shop, a tech­nol­ogy shop (where you can get lo­cal SIM cards) and a tailor. There are four board­rooms for busi­ness meet­ings.

ROOMS

The room styles in­clude Bac­chus (the en­try level), Foun­tain, and Dakota (five stars). The spa­cious Dakota rooms (pic­tured) have beau­ti­ful pol­ished floor­boards, Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chines, mar­ble bath­rooms and bal­conies. The Dakota Wing in­cludes three el­e­gant lounges, one with a full-size snooker ta­ble. The more ba­sic Bac­chus and Foun­tain rooms are also well ap­pointed with the es­sen­tials, and even have turn-down ser­vice.

FOOD AND DRINKS

There are four taste­ful choices: Seven Cs cafe; Deli C and Vespa Room, which is a blend of Ital­ian bistro and del­i­catessen; the pool­side Vue Restau­rant and Lounge Bar, which lives up to its name with great views and buf­fets (it’s where break­fast is served); and Bac­chus, the ho­tel’s el­e­gant-din­ing restau­rant. Bac­chus, with a new menu, is not only the best place to eat at the ho­tel, but lays claim to be­ing the best in Port Moresby. Amongst white table­cloths, ceil­ing fans and a pi­ano player, wait­ers de­liver clas­sics such as lob­ster bisque, top-score Kobe wagyu steak, and crepe suzettes cooked at your ta­ble. Af­ter­wards, ad­journ to the leather chairs and dark wood pan­elling of the Ha­van­aba, with a choice of Cuban cigars and the largest se­lec­tion of whiskeys and vod­kas in Port Moresby. — ROBERT UPE

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